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center establishedGrant Creates New Center for Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine

A five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), will allow investigators from more than 50 laboratories at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis to join forces in the fight against musculoskeletal disorders.

The grant funds a Core Center for Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine. Its goal is to better understand causes and potential treatments for muscle and bone disorders, including osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and muscular dystrophy. The center also is designed to aid in the development of new and better ways to regenerate bone, cartilage, tendons and muscle tissue.

“Musculoskeletal disorders affect most Americans over 50 years old, as well as many younger, very active individuals,” says center director Linda J. Sandell, Ph.D., the Mildred B. Simon Research Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. “Although Washington University has a long record of excellence in musculoskeletal research and clinical care, much of that research has occurred in individual laboratories that may, or may not, regularly communicate with colleagues in other departments. This effort was developed to unify and expand research in basic and translational studies that will improve the quality of life in our aging population.”

In addition to Sandell, the center’s co-directors will be Steven Teitelbaum, M.D., the Messing Professor of Pathology and Immunology, and Matthew Silva, Ph.D., associate professor of orthopaedic surgery. All of the investigators who will work as part of the center have grant support from the National Institutes of Health for their bone and muscle studies.